Explore Minnesota: Mall of America, Chain of Lakes Among Most Visited Attractions in the State

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November 14, 2018 11:49 AM

In 2017, the Mall of America had an estimated 40 million visitors, which is just over four times the population of New York City.

So it's no wonder the country's largest mall was the top visited attraction in Minnesota. 


On Wednesday, Explore Minnesota, the state's tourism bureau, released the state's 40 most visited tourist attraction ranked by attendance in 2017. 

Nine of the top ten are in the Twin Cities Metro and include public parks, sporting arenas and museums: 

  • Mall of America, Bloomington - 40 million visitors
  • Chain of Lakes Regional Parks, Minneapolis - 7 million visitors
  • Como Park, St. Paul - 5.3 million visitors
  • National Sports Center, Blaine - 4.1 million visitors
  • Central Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park, Minneapolis - 2.7 million visitors 
  • Mississippi Riverfront Regional Park, Minneapolis/St. Paul -2.7 million
  • Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center and Park, Duluth - 2.5 million visitors
  • Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul - 2.2 million visitors
  • Target Field, Minneapolis - 2.1 million visitors 
  • Minnehaha Park, Minneapolis 2 million visitors

See Explore Minnesota's full list here. 

Along with the statewide list, Explore Minnesota broke down top visited tourist attractions by region. 

Northeast Minnesota:

  • Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center & Park, Duluth
  • Grand Casino, Hinckley
  • Gooseberry Falls State Park, Two Harbors
  • Tettegouche State Park, Silver Bay
  • Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, Two Harbors 

Northwest Minnesota:

  • Itasca State Park, Park Rapids
  • Lake Bemidji State Park, Bemidji
  • WE Fest, Detroit Lakes
  • Buffalo River State Park, Glyndon
  • Sanford Center, Bemidji

Central Minnesota:

  • Grand Casino Mille Lacs, Onamia
  • Sibley State Park, New London
  • Lake Carlos State Park, Carlos
  • Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area, Crosby
  • Maplewood State Park, Pelican Rapids

Southern Minnesota: 

  • Cabela's, Owatonna
  • Mayo Civic Center, Rochester
  • Minneopa State Park, Mankato
  • Flandrau State Park, New Ulm
  • Whitewater State Park, Altura 

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